Independent Study

 The purpose of independent study is to provide students with an opportunity to participate in an educational experience beyond what is typically offered in the classroom.  Students must be prepared to exercise a great deal of independent initiative in pursuing such studies.

Honors students may receive independent study credit for research projects of their own or those shared with faculty members, certain internship opportunities*, or some types of work or volunteer experiences.  Students may receive up to 6 hours of Honors credit through independent study with the approval of the Honors Director.  Participating students will be enrolled under UNIV 4198 - Honors Independent Study.  The general guidelines for credit hours are as follows:

                 Hours of work/week                           Hours of credit

                 3-5                                                         1

                 6-8                                                         2

                 9 or more                                             3

Students are responsible for choosing sites and supervisors; however, they may seek assistance from the Honors Director when necessary.  Honors independent study is intended to be separate from other projects.  Therefore, a student may not take Honors independent study while concurrently receiving credit for the same work in other areas such as teaching practica, co-op experiences, or research assistantships for credit.

Responsibilities and workload should be determined through consultation with the placement supervisor.  Students must create a proposal that outlines their project and supervisor's expectations, and have the proposal approved by the supervisor and Honors Director before beginning the independent study.  Students are required to keep a bi-weekly journal of their experiences and progress.  At the end of the term, a written evaluative summary of the experience is required, with a general guideline of four pages of summary for every registered credit hour. Students who produce a research paper or other similar work product for their independent study should submit that work in place of the evaluative summary.  Supervisors will be asked to give a general evaluation of the student's work at midterm and at finals, as well as a recommendation for the final grade.  The summary, supervisor evaluations, and recommended grade will be combined for the final independent study grade.

*Students who would like to receive independent study credit for an internship must create an academic component to go along with their experience.  This option allows students to use their internship as the basis for an honors project. 

  Independent Study Form